Putting the bar in bar­ber­shop

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - DAVID JAMES

Come for the cut, stay for the beer.

The per­fect mar­riage of hops and hair is com­ing to Blen­heim and it’s as bar­ber­shop as they come.

Com­plete with an authen­tic 19th cen­tury Eu­gene Bern­ing­haus bar­ber chair, Crea­tures of Habit is set­ting up shop out the back of lo­cal pub 5Tapped, some­where be­side the mo­tor­cy­cle work­shop.

Crea­tures of Habit owner Aaron ‘Noddy’ Nott said his mates were al­ready jok­ing about get­ting three cuts a week.

‘‘You know, ‘I’m just go­ing to get a hair­cut, I’ll be back in a cou­ple of hours’.’’

Craft beer and bar­ber­shops were grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity right across the coun­try, as the hip­ster cul­ture - fa­cial hair and tat­toos con­tin­ued to take over.

Nott said it was a wel­come trend.

‘‘I re­mem­ber as a kid it was just grow your hair long and shaggy and chuck some wax or a cap on.

‘‘That was the fash­ion. And then, all of a sud­den, it sort of be­came ... well, all the clas­sics started com­ing back and it’s al­ways evolv­ing around that 1920s, Peaky Blin­ders, old Eng­land look.

‘‘I re­ally like the old English style bar­ber­ing, like; come in, sit down, get looked af­ter, have a good chat, and go out look­ing sharp.’’

‘‘Even the guys that never wor­ried about hair­cuts back in the day, you know that scruffy look that some tradies do, are ac­tu­ally en­joy­ing get­ting a de­cent hair­cut now.’’

Nott left his for­mer sa­lon, Scis­sor­saurus­rex, be­hind three months ago to travel Europe.

Just be­fore he left, 5Tapped owner Haydn Mearns floated the bar­ber­shop-in-bar idea to him.

‘‘Haydn came and talked to me when I was look­ing at clos­ing my other shop ... [but] I headed over­seas, and I re­ally wanted to come back re­al­is­ing I’ve got a big clien­tele here.

‘‘So, I came back to him when he opened 5Tapped and said he was still keen.

‘‘We’ve got the per­fect lit­tle spot out the back and ev­ery­thing works to­gether so well.

‘‘We’ve both got the same ideas, same work ethic, and it’s go­ing to be a lot of fun.’’

While Scis­sor­saurus­rex catered to a range of hair­cuts and styles, Crea­tures of Habit was solely a bar­ber­shop.

‘‘You come, you sit down, you’re com­fort­able, it’s your space to get away from ev­ery­thing and have a trust in your bar­ber and have a good talk.

You can talk about what­ever you want to talk about, and just feel com­fort­able ... and you can get a de­li­cious craft beer while you wait.’’

Crea­tures of Habit opens on Oc­to­ber 2. Walk-ins wel­come. Stan­dard cut, $35, chil­dren’s cut, $20.


Aaron ‘Noddy’ Nott is back from Europe, and back in busi­ness, out the back of 5Tapped.

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